Chanteur

Chanteur

by Lee Lessack
     
 

Recognizing the influence of the French chanson on the cabaret scene, Philadelphia performer Lee Lessack's first release since 2005's duets collection In Good Company pays homage to the Gallic songbook with 12 covers of some of its best-loved pieces. Apart from the flamenco guitar on The Thomas Crown Affair'sSee more details below

Overview

Recognizing the influence of the French chanson on the cabaret scene, Philadelphia performer Lee Lessack's first release since 2005's duets collection In Good Company pays homage to the Gallic songbook with 12 covers of some of its best-loved pieces. Apart from the flamenco guitar on The Thomas Crown Affair's Oscar-winning theme "The Windmills of Your Mind" (one of four tracks featured penned by Michel Legrand), long-term collaborator John Boswell's timeless piano arrangements are the only accompaniment, allowing Lessack's rich baritone vocals to take center stage on renditions of English-language tracks penned by French songwriters (Legrand's "The Summer Knows [Theme from Summer of '42]" and "Pieces of Dreams"), English-language translations of French-recorded numbers (Gilbert Bécaud's "What Now My Love" and "The Importance of the Rose"), and songs associated with French artists (Charles Aznavour's "She," "Yesterday When I Was Young"). Considering his pronunciation of Edith Piaf's "Hymne à l'Amour" appears perfectly acceptable, it's a shame he didn't have the courage to tackle more than one French-sung composition, while the likes of Jennifer Warnes' "Song for Bernadette," the Leonard Cohen-penned ode to the 19th century French saint who claimed she saw the Virgin Mary, and "If We Only Have Love," from the late-'60s off-Broadway musical Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, seem rather tenuous and arbitrary selections. Chanteur is a tastefully arranged tribute to the French greats of yesteryear, but it's probably more captivating as a live cabaret show than a rather perfunctory studio album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2011
Label:
Lml Music
UPC:
0711788026020
catalogNumber:
260

Tracks

  1. The Summer Knows (Theme from Summer of '42)/Between Yesterday and Tomorrow  - Lee Lessack
  2. I Will Wait For You  - Lee Lessack
  3. The Importance of the Rose  - Lee Lessack
  4. She  - Lee Lessack
  5. The Sound of Your Name  - Lee Lessack
  6. The Windmills of Your Mind/Autumn Leaves  - Lee Lessack
  7. Yesterday When I Was Young  - Lee Lessack
  8. Pieces of Dreams  - Lee Lessack
  9. What Now My Love  - Lee Lessack
  10. Hymne À L'amour  - Lee Lessack
  11. Song of Bernadette  - Lee Lessack
  12. If We Only Have Love [From Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in  - Lee Lessack

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Lessack   Primary Artist
John Boswell   Piano
David Boswell   Guitar
Daniel Fabricant   Bass

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Jennifer Warnes   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Charles Aznavour   Composer
Rod McKuen   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
Jacques Demy   Composer
Bill Elliott   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Lee Lessack   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Herbert Kretzmer   Composer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Marguerite Monnot   Composer
Pierre Leroyer   Composer
Eric Blau   Composer
Brian Lane Green   Producer,Liner Notes
Louis Amade   Composer
Gabe Moffat   Engineer
Carolyn Weatherford   Executive Producer
Mark J. Williams   Executive Producer

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